Though the exact price of the items may vary depending on seller and quantity, inexpensive promotional items typically include pens, key chains, bags, shirts and stickers. Some products such as flash drives, snack items, stress balls or pins may also carry a low cost when the buyer makes a bulk order from certain merchants.
Pens are common inexpensive promotional items due to the low cost to manufacture and customize, typically by printing the name of a company and its website address or phone number, and because they provide a practical benefit to recipients. Similarly, key chains are also inexpensive promotional items available from many retailers because they consist of a metal ring and a customizable plastic section, upon which the manufacturer prints a company's name, logo or other identifying information. Many business also choose bags or shirts as promotional items due to the practical use, though these may be more expensive because they are larger and require a different process to customize.
Aside from manufacturing cost, the customization process and type is a major contributing factor to finding inexpensive promotional items. The larger the area on which the item may feature customization, the more expensive the final price. Complexity also factors in, as a shirt with a single color typically costs less than a shirt with multiple colors. Most specialty promotional item distributors also offer customers a greater discount with larger orders, as it decreases the total cost of creating and producing the customization.